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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Justin Smith

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  1. I don't normally use SPT cord, but when I do, I purchase it from my local electric supply house.
  2. Justin Smith

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    This looks to me like a privately-owned line and light. If so, you should have 120/240 volts and the light can be disconnected by an electrician. He could even install a subpanel for your lights.
  3. No, because it doesn't actually seal anything.
  4. MOV's in the surge protector are most likely tripping the GFCI
  5. Class 1 power and class 2 data cables are not allowed in the same conduit. NM-B aka "Romex cable is not permitted in wet locations, even if in conduit. I recumbent THWN conductors.
  6. Try connecting an incandescent lamp to the timer. Most cheaper timers use electronic switching.
  7. If your panel is buzzing, make sure your cover panel is secure, as well as the door. It's normal for some humming depending on what brand of circuit breaker you have, but AC current does create magnetic fields at 60Hz and can cause loose equipment to buzz. One time I installed a new breaker panel and the cover panel was loose, but it didn't become noticeable until one of the major appliances was running enough current to make the buzz VERY loud. Scared the heck out of me! Your deadfront should not buzz because it's loose. That would have to be a structural issue.
  8. You could probably make one.
  9. I may be interested in the 12AWG cords, but it depends on how much I get paid after finishing this job. Do any of the cords have lighted or tri-tap ends?
  10. I've been using the same commercial strings for 6 years now, and they look exactly like the ones fresh out of the box.
  11. It's perfectly normal, just harmonics from the triacs. Try running your computer off a UPS with a line conditioner if you're having problems.
  12. Aww :/ Oh well, more people for me to make fun of Jk haha
  13. I own about 20 stings of LED lights and have had 2 fail already. That leaves 10% failure rate.
  14. I have around a dozen gfi's outside for my display. This year, because I'm using SJO cord with cast aluminum boxes and covers, I have yet to have a trip. If you're tripping, get your connections off the ground, and put some cover over them. A plastic sandwich box should do the same job as my covers do.
  15. I like the idea of "accidentally" leaving the sprinklers on overnight. Plus the lights will look nice with ice all over them. It's a win-win!
  16. I believe most people can get 208-240V between sides of the boards.
  17. I'm going to make a video of both panels sometime. I just need to get around to it first.
  18. I'm going to say you may have an open neutral on your hands. Also, how many KVA is your xfrmr, and how far away is it?
  19. I made some cords and used a bell-box, receptacle, and an in-use cover. So far, no gfi trips. We'll see about when I get some wireframes underwater, though.
  20. VK, ever hear of a load bank? I think you just made a big one!
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